Judith Fine: Push pause on Warfield project

Published: 6/25/2021 6:59:56 PM

What an incredible community we live in! I am so grateful for this little gem called Northampton and all it has to offer, especially during this past COVID challenge. I live on a little side street near Warfield Place, home of “The Cherry Tree Controversy.”

I frequent Warfield Place during my afternoon walks. It is a beautifully ignored little street, loved by its residents and tended to with great care and love. The city of Northampton has decided to tear up the street and repave it, which involves destroying the adult cherry trees and all of the perennial gardens that folks have planted and maintained on the berm side of the sidewalk.

The city of Northampton did not consult the folks living on the street (and admitted that during a meeting this month that more than 50 of us attended.) The city admitted that the street was chosen because of an algorithm: because it is so small it will be cheap to repave it (verses other streets that are in much more dire need of repair).

The residents of Warfield Place and the neighbors surrounding it are asking for a pause before the city moves forward. We are asking for the city to work with the people, not against the people! With all of the big problems that are facing us as we move into the future and try to re-establish trust and hope toward a kinder, more peaceful Valley, is it too much to ask the mayor and the DPW to rethink this seemingly misguided effort and work together to create a solution?

Please sign the petition if you agree: change.org/savethecherrytrees.

Judith Fine


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